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SAIC HELPS FLORIDA HURRICANE RECOVERY

 SAIC HELPS FLORIDA HURRICANE RECOVERY
 MIAMI, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Staff from Science Applications


International Corp. (SAIC) are on-site in southern Florida providing high-tech help to the Hurricane Andrew relief and recovery effort.
 SAIC is donating the time of two geographic information specialists from its Melbourne, Fla. office, to help develop analysis tools and maps as fast as possible to guide the recovery effort. The SAIC experts are providing computer mapping services, geographic information analysis and additional software applications development at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Command Control Center at Miami International Airport.
 These software applications include image manipulation tools for incoming aerial photography of the damaged areas and software to automate and manage new data from the disaster area. This data is processed in a geographic information system (GIS) which produces detailed maps of the areas hardest hit by the hurricane.
 "The problem from the very beginning has been coordinating relief activities," said Jerry Maupin. "There's been confusion where areas are for people to stay, where food is being distributed and where other help is available. The GIS is the basic technology to begin to get things organized."
 SAIC staff are working with staff from Digital Matrix Services (DMS) of Miami, producers of the InfoCAD geographic information system, who have been working around the clock on this project despite personal losses because of the hurricane.
 The computer analysis has included constant tracking of relief centers and even the locations of temporary voting booths for the recent Florida primary election. It will evolve into forecasting damage assessment through GIS computer estimates of destruction in the affected areas.
 SAIC is a diversified high-technology company that provides services and products to government and the private sector. With annual revenues of more than $1.28 billion, SAIC has about 14,000 employees in more than 200 locations worldwide. Based in San Diego, SAIC also has a major presence in the Washington, D.C. area and five offices in Florida.
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 /CONTACT: Jerry Maupin (Melbourne, Fla.), 407-676-3102, or Bill Layson, senior VP (McLean, Va.), 703-821-4490, both of Science Applications International Corp./ CO: Science Applications International Corp. ST: California, Florida, District of Columbia IN: CPR SU:


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